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03 January 2019


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'...PNG government must act immediately to support the Governor of West Papua in his calls for Indonesia to withdraw its military from carrying out more atrocities.'

The atrocity in Nduga was perpetrated by Papuans, not Indonesia. The diplomatic situation is greatly complicated due to the ranking spokesman for the killers residing in Vanimo and the Administrator of Nduga having flown to Australia just before the massacre, where his son is alleged to be a supporter of the killers. Things like this engage the Lombok Treaty and have consequences, seldom made public.

Lucas is Governor of Papua Province. West Papua is the Birdshead Province, which owes it's existence to the pro Indonesian elites there who demanded economic development, are getting it and don't want what the OPM are doing in the highlands to wreck what they've got. Lucas is entirely correct to call for a cooling down period. Sadly, when troops are killed it becomes personal and exacting revenge is often viewed as essential to maintaining troop morale by the senior brass. A lot of people were killed by the OPM and the more traditional Papuans, and not just around Nduga, are worried that payback means the same number of casualties to keep the balance. The author Mr Chauvel entirely misinterprets the Governor's intention in calling for troops to withdraw from Nduga. Nor is it the only thing he misinterprets. Wiranto was thinking of troop morale when he ordered the operation, but you can be sure a more patient, clandestine, intelligence operation involving special forces will be underway.

'The PNG government must be aware of Indonesia’s support for China to stop Australia and the US from jointly building a naval base on Manus Island.'

The new base on Manus is meant to deter Chinese expansion. Indonesia is similarly concerned about China and has already moved to stop Chinese expansion in the Arafura, and is now doing so in Natuna as well. Deterring China with a new base on Manus while calling for Indonesia to reduce it's ability to do so on the other side of the border makes no strategic sense and would very likely be a breach of the Lombok Treaty.

West Papua is at a sorry stage with enormous human rights abuse and genocide. The UN is not doing anything to stop this madness and is just watching killings go from bad to worse.

Who is the highest authority on earth to assist this problem, because the UN can not do anything? Can the PNG government condemn the genocide and the action of Indonesian military?

Is God helping us or not? I tend to question my faith. I am just frustrated over many things but something needs to be done.

For West Papua

Yumi olsem wan bilum, wan spia
Em wanpla mama na wanpla papa
God yet givim yumi dispela graun
Long wok antap na long wokabaut raun
Hau tru man kam na burukim haphap?
Nau planti bagarap i kamap stap
Husait tru tokim ol long kam olsem?
Taim God givim yumi na kolim nem
Bulut blong yu barata i kapsait
Aiwara blong yu susa ron long sait
Ol kam man i kam kisim graun blong yu
Ol kam man giaman na daunim yu tru
Ol kam wantaim masin gan na pait lain
Long strongim sait antap long giaman lain

In Australia, there's an argument for the charge of genocide towards several discreet language groups having taken place, eg the Yaburara in the Pilbara.

In West Papua, the population of the Marind dropped by two thirds between the arrival of Dutch troops around the turn of the century in response to an official request from British Papua to the Dutch government to stop cross border raids.

Dutch sources write that they sent 160 troops, 45 of whom were killed in the ensuing war until the Marind "realised the superiority of Dutch weapons." The number of Marind killed wasn't recorded.

Some 10 years later the Catholic Church in Merauke noted the Marind birth rate had dropped to almost zero with introduced diseases taking a toll, especially a venereal disease spread by fishermen from North Queensland.

This pattern is similar to the process that was unfolding across North Australia, where frontier wars and 'pacification' campaigns were still being prosecuted in the East Kimberley into the 1920's.

Thankfully with help from the Catholic Church, Dutch and Indonesian, the Marind recovered.

This is the sort of research needed into the history of discreet language groups in West Papua.

If you aware of any of the 250+ language groups which existed upon European/Indonesian contact and have since disappeared entirely, your further research could be valuable. Remember, the charge of genocide turns upon proving intent.

This concept has been suggested as an alternative, easier to prove and in my opinion much more suited to analysing the contemporary history of West Papuan demographics -

Just log into 'West Papua Genocide' and view related graphic videos, pictures and articles on the military operations against the Melanesian people who inhabit the western half of the island of New Guinea.

The images and stories are so intimidating, cruel and chilling you almost want to scream.

Our Melanesian forefathers did not invite foreign powers to come here to divide the large island into portions to claim for their King or Queen.

Ultimate world domination and greed was their motive.

They envied our rich natural resources with lust - like a man who views a young woman bathing in a stream all by herself.

They saw our weakness – isolated communities, poorly armed, illiterate, a people who had been living in isolation for millennia.

The people did not know the value and worth of their rich natural resources -their source of sustenance.

They were a people who could easily be exploited. They destroyed our rich traditions forever.

They continue to exploit us today to cart our timber, gold, copper, silver, oil, gas, fish etc etc every second of the day. The Melanesian people themselves helplessly stand by.

Foreign powers who were responsible to divide the Island of New Guinea - and if they are members of the United Nations, they should be the first people to raise concern at the UN General Assembly.

They should urge the UN to intervene and urge Indonesia to set the West Papuans free, like Australia granted independence to Papua New Guinea.

And the PNG government must act immediately to support the Governor of West Papua in his calls for Indonesia to withdraw its military from carrying out more atrocities.

The PNG government must be aware of Indonesia’s support for China to stop Australia and the US from jointly building a naval base on Manus Island.

Over populated countries can very easily walk over hapless Melanesian states which are nothing but very tiny dots in the Pacific Ocean.

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